Contextualising COVID-19: Sociocultural Perspectives on Contagion

Lupton, D. and Willis, K. (2021) (eds) The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives. London: Routledge.

19 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2020 Last revised: 3 Mar 2021

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Deborah Lupton

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Date Written: July 27, 2020

Abstract

To fully understand the sociocultural implications of the COVID-19 crisis, it is important to be aware of the substantial body of research in sociology, anthropology, history, cultural geography and media studies on previous major infectious disease outbreaks. This chapter ‘sets the scene’ by providing this context with an overview of the relevant literature. The perspectives offered by social histories, political economy perspectives, social constructionism, Foucauldian theory, risk theory, postcolonial and sociomaterial approaches are explained and examples of research using these approaches are provided. Analyses of the COVID crisis should acknowledge and build on this extensive body of work, taking inspiration from the valuable insights that are offered and working to contextualise the current pandemic within its frameworks.

Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus, pandemic, epidemic, infectious disease, social perspectives, history

Suggested Citation

Lupton, Deborah, Contextualising COVID-19: Sociocultural Perspectives on Contagion (July 27, 2020). Lupton, D. and Willis, K. (2021) (eds) The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives. London: Routledge., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3661226 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3661226

Deborah Lupton (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Sydney
Australia

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